How did you first learn to string?

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  1. af1falcon

    af1falcon New User

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    I thought this might've been asked already, but I searched it and found nothing, so, I was wondering, how did you first learn how to string tennis rackets?
     
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  2. goober

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    Pretty much just read the manual that came with the stringer. I made mistakes, learned from them and gained experience.

    I looked at the SP vids but they really didn't really help me that much. When I had a question I posted it here on the boards or did a search.
     
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  4. timeisonmyside

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    Practice with a cheap racket and cheap strings.. just in case.
     
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  5. Bottle Rocket

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    I followed the manual that came with my Gamma X-2 as well as a stringing guide that came with it.

    I've since seen videos all over the place. There are some posted on this website for a drop weight machine. There are some really good ones up on one of the manufacturers website, probably to promte their machine. Either way, the videos are great for anyone curious or trying to learn.

    Go to this page and scroll down until you see the video camera and the links->

    http://www.sptennis.com/stringer.asp
     
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  6. JW10S

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    Someone talked me through it the first time.
     
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  7. kaibaNYC06

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    Our highschool team had a stringing machine (some kinda gamma, 6-point mount), and my coach taught me :D
     
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  8. Loco4Tennis

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    while the machine was being shipped i whent online and printed steps and read a couple articles, also found this site and got tips from it,
    when the machine got to me, spent like 1 hour just reading the manual before i started
    2+ hours latter when all was said and done i was very happy with my first string job
     
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  9. Court_Jester

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    I watched a pro stringer do it a couple of times. I didn't ask him anything during the process but talked about tennis and the tour instead. I also watched the SP videos countless times, trying to catch any subtleties.
     
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  10. ArvinC

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    I learned from the...

    ...head tennis pro at a club I used to teach at during college. I started off by watching him a couple of times, then I started on all the demo racquets witwe had...easy since you could tell the pattern by the grommets. Next thing I knew, he got me a USRSA membership and manual and I was the club's official stringer. It became my favorite thing to do at the club! Even went on to string on the weekends at the "other" tennis super-store here in Baltimore! ;)

    Arvin C
     
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  11. aeroman

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    I learned from my dad. Now I have to string his racquets for cheap...
    Aeroman
     
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  12. mrw

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    About 3 months ago, I bought a Klippermate. I read the manual on a Friday night and Saturday morning mounted my new still in the wrapper Dunlop and went at it. It came out perfectly.
     
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  13. bigfoot910

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    Former high school coach sold me his old stringer and taught me how to use it.
     
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  14. BounceHitBounceHit

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    I watched a couple of good stringers do it a time or two, then one of the local university assistant coaches 'walked me through'. Like riding a bike, once you get it, you'll probably never forget. ;) CC
     
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  15. tbini87

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    i bought a cheap stringer, some cheap string, and found a few cheap/old racquets. read the manual and looked up all types of info on the web. started and learned really quickly. the hardest part for me was learning to tie knots. now they are a piece of cake and stringing is getting easier and easier.
     
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  16. steve d

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    I had bought a Stringers Digest off the TW classifieds before I bought my stringer, and it gave me a decent idea of the process. I had also picked up some good information from watching my previous stringer work, online videos and stringing threads here in the Strings & Stringing section.
     
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  17. rasajadad

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    Klippermate manual/practice for me.
     
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  18. wally

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    My father-in-law taught me on an old Serano "No-Awl"
    Now I've pretty much taken over all of his stringing and we have a new Prince Neos 1000 and a Wise 2086 tension head.

    We still have the old Serano but only the old master can really make it sing. My father-in-law and it developed an understanding over the last 35 years.
     
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  19. User Name

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    i just learned from the internet, and rather improvised
     
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  20. Kaptain Karl

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    I watched the three different Stringers work on dozens of frames over about six months. Then the Shop Owner, who was a friend, gave me a key and allowed me to string my own frame after hours.

    My first job took about two hours. By the time I was stringing my fourth frame I had it down to about 35 minutes ... and I wasn't interested in being the fastest.

    (I haven't strung my own frames for years, but I'd be comfortable doing so again, if needed.)

    - KK
     
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  21. Bundey

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    My dad taught me, but he learned from a manual.
     
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